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Organic Consumers Association

OCA political director Alexis Baden-Mayer was arrested yesterday as she and other activists protested the recent change to the National Organic Program's synthetic materials sunset policy at the National Organic Standards Board meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The new NOP policy makes it harder to remove synthetic substances from USDA Organic foods. Learn more about the change:


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Under pressure from the Organic Trade Association, representing some of the largest players in the organic and natural food segment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has once again weakened the standards for organic. Tell the USDA National Organic Program: Save organic standards! Reverse the NOSB's new rule that weakens organic standards. Without any input from the public, the USDA…

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In order for a product to meet the criteria for USDA organic certification, neither the product nor any of its ingredients can be genetically engineered, or genetically modified. Certified organic products and ingredients also can't be irradiated. So why is it that organic regulators allow the process of mutagenesis in organic—even though mutagenesis is a form of genetic modification…

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